Dental dam instruments

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Dental dam instruments

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Dental dam

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To isolate teeth for dental procedures

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Sizes—4 × 4, 5 × 5, 6 × 6, or continuous roll
Gauge or thickness—Thin, medium, heavy
Colors—Gray, green, blue, pastels
Latex free—Purple

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Latex-free dental dam (purple) is used for patients who have latex allergy.

 

imageDental Dam should be disposed of in garbage. Single use only.

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Dental dam punch

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To punch holes in dental dam for each individual tooth

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Designated hole size for each tooth for permanent dentition:

No. 5—Anchor tooth (largest)
No. 4—Molars
No. 3—Premolars
No. 2—Maxillary central and laterals, maxillary and mandibular cuspids
No. 1—Mandibular central and laterals (smallest)

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The oral cavity is examined before holes are punched to accommodate the patient’s specific dentition.
A space of 3 to 3.5 mm is maintained between holes.

 

imageDental Dam Punch must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping. Hinged instruments should be processed open and unlocked.

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Dental dam template

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To use as a guide for marking and punching holes in correct position on dental dam

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Made of durable plastic
Has 32 dots that represent the adult dentition

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The oral cavity is examined before holes are marked and punched to adjust positioning to the patient’s specific dentition.
The dental dam is placed on the template, and the points where holes should be punched are marked with a pen.

 

imageDental Dam Template should be disinfected according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

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Dental dam stamp

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To mark holes on dental dam

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Has 32 dots that represent the adult dentition
Used as guide for punching holes in correct position

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The oral cavity is examined before holes are marked and punched to adjust positioning to the patient’s specific dentition.

 

imageDental Dam Stamp should be disinfected according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

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Dental dam forceps

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Feb 3, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Dental dam instruments
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